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How to help stop sexual harassment

INFLUENCE THE ROOM 

  • Lead by example.
  • Respect your colleagues and their boundaries.  
  • Create your own working agreement and ground rules specific to that group at the start of a creative process.   
  • Normalise asking others for consent before touching them or trying something that might make someone uncomfortable  
  • Do not assume that what feels comfortable for one person will feel comfortable for another 
  • Normalise bringing in an intimacy co-ordinator 

CALL IT OUT 

If you hear or see inappropriate comments or behaviour, speak up. You can do this both privately and publicly. 

 

Tips for speaking to someone.  

1.   Try to be specific about what behaviour was problematic. 

“You are invading people’s personal space by standing too close/hugging too long.”


“that joke about XXX”


“when you said XXX”


“I saw you touch XXX inappropriately.”
 

 

2.    Explain the impact of this behaviour

it makes people feel uncomfortable around you.” 

 

3.   If the person continues you can let them know that you might need to report what you are observing.   

Examples of speaking directly to a harasser
 

“Mate, when you said that thing to XXX about their body earlier, that was a bit off. It might make people uncomfortable so don’t do that again.” 


“I noticed you use the word XXX and I don’t know if you know but folk don’t really use that word anymore. It could be offensive to some people in the room.”   


“You have been asked more than once not do XXX, if it continues, I will report it.”

 

Don’t be afraid to pre-empt potential scenarios in advance:

 

“I’ve noticed that there is a lot of physical contact coming up in the scenes we are working on next – can we speak about where everyone’s boundaries are in relation to this?” 

Support the Target


Check in with the target regularly.

Ask if you can do anything to support them.

Signpost them to advice, information and support.

Research and share options with them.

 

Keep a record of: 

  • dates and witnesses to incidents 
  • behaviour observed 
  • impact you have noticed or know about 
  • any interventions made 

 

Request the company policy

Ask to see the company policy on sexual harassment or bullying and harassment. You might find these in the company handbook, you may need to ask a line manager, the producer or stage manager for a copy. If the organisation runs a Guardian scheme you can approach them.

 

Seek independent advice and guidance

Contact external organisations and sources including:  

 

Signpost to emotional support:   

 

Other support you can give

Help the target to make an informal or formal complaint if they wish to do so. 

Offer to be a witness to any behaviour you have seen.   

Seek consent from the target before escalating on their behalf.